Deandra Reynolds

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Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia character
Deandra Reynolds.png
First appearance "The Gang Gets Racist"
Created by Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day
Portrayed by Kaitlin Olson
Information
Occupation Bartender of Paddy's Pub
Family Pop Pop (grandfather)
Frank Reynolds (legal father)
Dennis Reynolds (twin brother)
Barbara Reynolds (mother, deceased)
Bruce Mathis (biological father)
Donna (maternal aunt)
Max (uncle by marriage, deceased)
Gail the snail (cousin)
Maureen Ponderosa (ex sister-in-law)
Gino Reynolds (legal paternal uncle)
Unnamed Baby (Maternal Surrogate Child)

Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds, usually called "Dee", is a fictional character on the FX television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, portrayed by actress Kaitlin Olson. Dee was the only major character in the show to be conceived without an actor in mind. Although she was originally written to be a female voice of reason to contrast with the other ridiculous characters, Dee's character quickly became an equal participant in The Gang's illicit and morally questionable activities once Olson (later to become co-star McElhenney's real-life wife) was cast.

Background[edit]

Originally played by Jordan Reid, Dee is Dennis' twin sister and is the main bartender at Paddy's.[1] Dee was unpopular in high school due to her severe scoliosis, for which she wore a corrective back brace that earned her the nickname "The Aluminum Monster". Additionally, she is often ridiculed for her resemblance to a bird by the rest of The Gang, especially Mac and Dennis. She identifies herself as a liberal, and claims to be compassionate and smart. Despite her personal self-assessment, she is characterized as being selfish, greedy, and prejudiced. Dee battles The Gang's view that "females are inferior" and feels that she must prove that she's as able as her male friends. In "The Gang Gets Invincible", Dee poses as male alter ego "Cole" to try out for the Philadelphia Eagles with Mac and Dennis; she does a superb job and impresses the Eagle coaches until she stuns everyone by revealing she's a woman right before her punting tryout, after which she kicks the ball and severely injures her foot. Her father Frank is the only one who considers Dee a true member of The Gang. Whenever there is a decision or a vote among members of The Gang, the three other guys habitually exclude her.

Though Dee was originally intended to be a sensible and compassionate counterpoint to the other characters, she has shown herself to be just as morally bankrupt as the rest of the gang. She consistently uses others for her own ends, including feigning affection for Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara for financial gain only to totally reject him when he leaves the priesthood for her, blackmailing The Waitress to come out with her for drinks despite the fact The Waitress is a recovering alcoholic, pushing a reluctant young girl into performing with her in a beauty pageant, and dating a possibly retarded man purely because he is an up-and-coming rapper.

Dee is usually ignored or ridiculed whenever she presents an idea to The Gang; however, if someone repeats her exact suggestion, it is immediately accepted. In her mother's will, Dee is told that she has been a disappointment and a mistake despite the fact that she is one of twins.[2] She has considerable animosity towards her mother. She wants to show her up and "shove it in her face".

In the season 2 episode "Dennis and Dee Go on Welfare", she and Dennis develop an addiction to Crack cocaine which is brought up a few times in later episodes.

A recurring joke on the show is Dee losing her car. Mac and Charlie steal and crash her car to fake their deaths in the episode "Mac and Charlie Die." Her next car is later stolen by a hitchhiker the gang picked up on their way to the Grand Canyon in "The Gang Hits The Road." Dee becomes Bill Ponderosa's mistress in "Dennis Gets Divorced" and he gives her a new car. Later, another of Bill's mistresses arrives to reclaim the car as Bill had really given it to her. In "The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre", Charlie and Mac steal Dee's car, only to crash it into a pole and claim "zombies must have stolen your car"

Career[edit]

After failing out of the University of Pennsylvania, where she had intended to major in psychology, Deandra decided to become an actress. However, she has put little effort into realizing her ambition and has never had any significant acting work; as a result, The Gang frequently taunts her as lacking in any talent.

Dee's acting-career aspirations have inspired her to create several characters, all of which are based on ethnic stereotypes. Many of these are seen in the episode "America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest", in which she attempts to be discovered by talent agencies by posting videos of her acting on YouTube. However, her presence in the videos is overshadowed by Charlie's idiotic performances as Green Man. Although Deandra shows no on-camera stage fright, she consistently faces severe glossophobia when performing in front of an audience. When she performs a stand-up comedy routine at a local comedy club, she repeatedly gags and dry-heaves on stage due to her anxiety.

Relationships[edit]

Since high school and through the entire series, Dee has had a long list of failed relationships and one-night stands that includes: a high-school boy who used her for alcohol and to make his girlfriend jealous; a thief who robbed the bar; a middle-aged toothless Korean busboy; a sweet-natured doofus of an Iraq War veteran soldier named Ben, who ultimately found her to be "a mean person"; Lil Kev, a rapper The Gang was convinced was mentally retarded; and Bill Ponderosa, a man whom she had a crush on back in high school only to find out he was an overweight loser with kids. Like the other members of The Gang, Deandra drinks very heavily, often hoping to calm herself when meeting an attractive man. Relative to the rest of The Gang, Dee seems to drink more and be drunk more often. She harbors a phobia of the elderly. Despite her many insecurities, Dee is aggressively outspoken and is prone to violence when angered. At one point, she assaults a bum she finds masturbating in the alley behind Paddy's. Like Charlie, her anger is greatly amplified by use of steroids in "Hundred Dollar Baby". In "The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation", she is, along with Frank and Mac, on an American Idol-like panel where she portrays a drunken spoof of Paula Abdul, slurring her words and judging hopefuls in a talent contest. She drinks heavily from a cup full of "Rum and Cokes" and uses the event as an excuse to criticize and demean the contestants.

Pregnancy[edit]

Dee was pregnant and aware of the biological father, whose identity was initially unknown to The Gang and the audience. The father was later revealed to be Carmen, the transsexual. Dee carried Carmen's child as a surrogate mother having been impregnated through Carmen's sperm and an egg from a donor. She gave birth to a boy in the episode "Dee Gives Birth". The episode was dedicated to Axel Lee McElhenney (Kaitlin Olson's and Rob McElhenney's real-life son).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kaitlin Olson". Buddytv.com. 1975-08-18. Archived from the original on 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ James Wray and Ulf Stabe (2009-04-12). "'It's Always Sunny' screen test college tour - Smallscreen". Monstersandcritics.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22.